The Project

BONEX project aims to provide practical and adapted tools, examine concrete and context-adapted technological innovations, enhance policies and governance and facilitate WEFe Nexus practical implementation that balances the social, economic, and ecological trade-offs.

With this purpose, the project aims to produce a novel, robust, transdisciplinary, and diagnostic WEFe Bridging Framework (named WEFeF) to serve the production of context-specific Nexus Bridging Plans (NBPs). These NBPs will be concise and practical context-specific plans guiding the transdisciplinary implementation of the proposed WEFe solution approaches targeting policy makers and practitioners. NBPs will consist of context-adapted strategies to implement WEFe solution approaches and create an enabling environment in their regard.

Within BONEX, WEFeF will be implemented and validated in 7 Demonstration Projects (DPs) in the MedRegion. NBPs will be built in a participatory way with the active involvement of local actors that will be engaged in Regional Working Groups (RWGs). As a result, BONEX will provide policymakers and practitioners with an interactive decision-making tool to evaluate trade-offs and synergies and nexus solutions approaches in a transdisciplinary manner. WEFeF modules will be strengthened with the development a Water Accounting Tool: REWAS.

These results will support governments to diagnose and benchmark governance and technology interventions addressing the WEFe Nexus. Selected technologies which are already operating in the DPs will be explored as potential interventions within the WEFe Nexus approach including:

ITALY

Water
conservation
systems

JORDAN

Solar
irrigation

LEBANON

Agrovoltaics

PORTUGAL

Nature
based
solutions

MOROCCO

Desalination

SPAIN AND
TUNISIA

Wastewater
reuse

Key
Exploitable
Results

BONEX will pursue the following specific goals and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):

1.

Establish a replicable and adaptive transdisciplinary framework, the WEFe Bridging Framework (WEFeF), as a powerful tool to be used by analysts and experts to develop and scale up WEFE Nexus solution approaches and produce context-specific Nexus Bridging Plans (NBPs).

2.

Co-create, operationalize, and assess innovative, context specific WEFe solution approaches to address the WEFE Nexus in a transdisciplinary manner in seven Demonstration Projects (DPs) in the MedRegion. Solution approaches include a combination of technological, economics, agricultural science, water, ecological and energy management interventions.

3.

Mobilize and test combined application of a set of existing tools and methodological approaches from different disciplines to assess trade-offs and synergies among ecosystem services associated to the different WEFe Nexus solution approaches and the associated economic, environmental, and social implications across multiple scales and under different climate change scenarios. It means the development of a WEFE nexus conceptual approach to be applied to seven context specific DPs + Water Accounting Tool applied to the 7 DPs + Carbon Footprint Assessment for Water Solutions.

4.

Scale up WEFe Nexus practice through context-sensitive replication and broad dissemination of transdisciplinary WEFe Nexus knowledge and the WEFE Bridging Framework, forming a Community of Practice including diverse key stakeholders.

5.

Leveraging knowledge for proactively informing strategic policy processes fostering innovation in technologies, management practices, business models and public policy.

6.

Exploitation of results with close involvement of the private sector supporting the transfer of knowledge at the industrial level, promoting inclusive innovation, and scaling-up (from local to international) and catalysing action for its mainstreaming, financing, and implementation in Mediterranean and EU states.

BONEX online interactive decision-making tool to implement WEFeF

7 Demonstrated solutions.

Carbon Footprint Assessment for Water Solutions

28 local workshops and 1 international conference

WEFe Bridging Framework (WEFeF)

7 Nexus Bridging Plans (NBPs)

Water Accounting Tool applied to the 7 DPs

Community of Practice

5 Business plans and 7 policy briefs